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Feb 4, 2021 - Thursday - kayak day!

Although the morning was cool, the day was fantastic! We went to Alligator Creek (no alligators here though!) and kayaked over 8 miles in 4 hours! The group was small with 7 of us, but we all enjoyed our time together. I saw about 7 Osprey, a couple of Little Blue Herons, a flying Great Blue Heron, a couple of Yellow-crowned Night Herons, Ibises, and a Bald Eagle!

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Nov 14, 2020 - Veterans Day Munzees Event

We went up to Punta Gorda , Florida for a MUNZEE Event at the Vietnam wall park last weekend. It is a very nice park as you can see. We got to see the wall up close and you get to see all the names of the men who died during that long war running down the long wall. It is a place that you feel down deep that you hope that it would never happen again for are young people to go to war.

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Apr 18, 2019 - Alligator Creek

This was the first time I had a chance to try out my new plastic kayak. I was afraid it wouldn't track so I didn't want to do open water with it. This is not the time to do creeks because it is mating season for alligators. They are active and aggressive during this time. It tracked well. I just noticed the heaviness of the boat so my arms got a workout today. I am able to get it on the roof rack myself, so all is well. There were 10 of us today, a good size. The highlight was watching a family of Ospreys because one of the parents came...

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Nov 30, 2018 - 11-29-18

We arose and were underway by 8:00. The nights stay at the Golden Corale went well. The night before we (Sally) went through Atlanta about 6 o'clock. The traffic was intense. This morning the traffic was heavy but much better than last evening. We saw cotton fields in Southern Georiga. We saw several deer. We asked a Wal-Mart in Punta Gorda if we could stay the night. We were sorta granted permission. We parked at the far end of the lot next the No OverNight Parking sign.

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Trip Journal


Nov 9, 2017 - kayaking once again!

We were a small group, but it was nice to have peace and quiet out on the water. No one else was on the water, outside the houses we passed by. We could hear and see the wildlife and enjoy nature. I don't have much to say - the pictures tell the story!

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Oct 20, 2017 - Home in Punta Gorda

We were in a hurry to get home at this point, so instead of taking three days in the motorhome from Tennessee to Punta Gorda, we did it in two. We usually stop in Perry, GA, and Bushnell, FL. This time we stopped in Tifton, Ga. then came all the way home. That made it about 330 and 370 miles each day, we usually keep it around 300 in the motorhome. That wasn't so bad, except ATLANTA (the 330 day) was awful. It took an hour and a half to get around it and made it seem like a 500 mile day. Today was our 38th anniversary. Driving through...

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Sep 24, 2017 - Hurricane Response Facts & Comments

I thought I was done, but there were some interesting things in the local news the week or so after the hurricane. The response, especially by the power companies was unbelievable. The numbers are a little confusing but mind boggling nevertheless…one article said Florida Power and Light (FPL) had mobilized the largest workforce ever assembled, with more than 18,000 out-of-state restoration personnel working around the clock. Another article said there were more than 22,000 personnel from 30 states and Canada dedicated to restoring service....

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Sep 16, 2017 - Final episode/conclusion of Hurricane Irma Saga

The final episode of this whole hurricane thing for us is a happy ending. There was no damage to our home, our motorcycles, the boat, or our stuff. We spent quite a bit of money running away and coming back, and our plans for last week, and this week for that matter were completely disrupted, but considering how other people’s lives, in other parts of Florida, were disrupted and changed, we were lucky. For that we’re thankful. Now we know a little bit how it feels to be a refugee…I think the only difference between a refugee and an evacuee,...

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Sep 15, 2017 - Back to Bushnell & Punta Gorda

We drove the last 180 miles or so back to Punta Gorda on Friday with no traffic backups and no problem getting gas. So, I guess that was little victory #3 in planning, by waiting an extra day or two we avoided the hassles once more. We unloaded all the food and stuff from the RV to the condo, again, about a two weeks after the last time. Now we have to load it all back in again at the end of this week, for our trip we had already planned to Tennessee to meet friends.

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Sep 12, 2017 - Waiting in Perry/Warner-Robins

We explored Perry/ Warner-Robins, Georgia which all run together. Warner-Robins is a busy place, because of the Air Force base, with every kind of store, restaurant, and service you could ever need. Actually, I figured out that Perry is a suburb of Warner-Robins, which is a suburb of Macon, which is a suburb of Atlanta. It’s all developed and all runs together. There was another Wal-Mart trip that day, bringing us to 12 total visits for this blog. No, wait, we went again, #13, in Bushnell, for a case of water and ice, but there was no ice....

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Sep 11, 2017 - Riding out the Storm (or Sitting and Watching the Rain)

Today, we sat here in Perry at Fair Harbor and watched Tropical Storm Irma come through. I would say we had some gusts up to 50 or 60 mph and it rained pretty much non-stop from last night, all through the day, and until probably midnight tonight. The wind didn’t affect us, although the power went off and back on multiple times, so I switched to generator power to protect our appliances. It is cold enough here today that we turned on our heat for the first time since we’ve owned the coach. We kind of had to figure out how it worked and what...

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Sep 10, 2017 - Running from the storm!

We had appointments for motorhome work, car work, motorcycle work, and with a couple of doctors, all were cancelled for the week, except possibly the eye doctor on Thursday. We were going to stay for that and leave Friday, but it was cancelled, too. The last thing we did before leaving was cover the Harleys tightly under the carport. I'd rather they were in a garage, but this was the best we could do. My first instinct was to go far enough to be out of immediate danger, then watch the path of the hurricane and re-evaluate. We made a...

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